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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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PM: Everyone will win with PR
Regardless of the outcome of the local government elections, every voter will win because of proportional representation, Prime Minister Kamla Persad- Bissessar said yesterday. After voting shortly after 2 pm yesterday at the Hermitage Presbyterian School, Persad-Bissessar told members of the media: “I think by this evening after all the votes are cast everyone, man, woman, who has voted will know and feel that he or she has won and everyone will win.
“Everyone will win because whilst proportional representation had been on the national agenda for decades, my administration actually put this into effect and at the end of the day every single vote will count and every single person will win because of that proportional representative reform.” The PM said although a million people are registered to vote the voter turnout for local government elections was not as high as in a general election.
Reports reaching her, she said, were that voting turnout was slow but steady and there were no incidents, except that at some polling stations the ink was coming off easily. Told that former prime minister Patrick Manning, after voting in San Fernando, said he was bowing out of politics at the next election, Persad-Bissessar wished him well. “Mr Manning has served our country well as our Prime Minister on more than one occasion. I wish him best of luck in any future endeavours he may engage in,” she said.
Asked about the timing of the right-to-recall law, Persad-Bissessar said: “Better late than never. It is something we had promised. “We still have 18 months in government. I really want to keep as many (as possible) of those promises we made in 2010 and that is one aspect of it.” She said the Government had a rough draft of the law which will be passed on to the Law Reform Commission “as soon as possible” and then sent for Cabinet approval.
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